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I figured since it’s been a week since my last update and a few days over two weeks since my tummy tuck that I’d give you guys a little update.
I decided on Friday to shower & go with David while he ran errands. I didn’t get out of the car, I sat in the car with the kids while he ran in & did what he needed to. I thought it’d be nice to get out of the house but I spent the rest of Friday & all day Saturday in so much pain. You don’t realize how much your body moves around in a car. I was sore.
Today I feel good.
I can almost stand up fully straight. I still have to stand on my tip toes on my right foot in order to stand straighter. It’s weird, I know.
I managed to walk to the kitchen this morning to make myself a cup of coffee and carried it back without spilling it, dropping it, running out of breath or tripping. I call that a win, folks.
It’s been a LONG process (even though 2 weeks doesn’t seem like that long). It’s been a very emotional journey thus far and I still have quite a way to go.
While on my journey, I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve searched things like, “Tummy tuck recovery timeline” or “tummy tuck recovery tips” and reading those made me decide to just do my own post about it since I’ve been trying to keep you guys in the loop anyway.
So I put together some tummy tuck recovery tips for you.
In no particular order, here are a few things that you will need to help you make it through a tummy tuck recovery.
1. Socks. First off all, you get hot and then cold and then hot and then cold and back and forth until you feel crazy. Socks. Buy them. Wear them. I’m not a big sock person but for the past 5 days I’ve been wearing socks on my feet because my poor toes have just been Popsicles. Aside from that, you’ll want something to hid your shame and by shame I mean the fact that you haven’t shaved your legs in at least a week. I managed to sort of shave mine while sitting on the side of the tub the other day and they were BAD, guys… BAD.
2. Lots of pillows. You will want a million of them to prop you up, to prop your feet up, to cuddle with, to rest your head on. During the first week when I slept in a chair, I used 8 pillows PLUS an extra cushion from the love seat under my bum. We don’t have a recliner though which I hear is pretty perfect but I still imagine I’d want a ton of pillows surrounding and protecting me. Even now while sitting in my big over sized chair, I have three pillows behind my back helping me to sit comfortably.
3. A good support system. I can not even begin to stress the importance of this one! David has helped me shower, put socks on my feet, cleaned the house, cooked, taken care of the kids, changed more poopy diapers than he has in his whole life. He’s pretty much gone stir crazy from sitting home almost every day for two weeks + dealing with three crazy kids, a dog and a one eyed cat & me.
On top of David, the kids have been wonderful little helpers. Maddie & Fin would take turns refilling my water cup for me, or making sure there were no toys in my path if I needed to get up to head towards the restroom. They’d cover me up, bring me snacks if David was busy. They’d mostly play upstairs and keep to themselves knowing that I was in pain & that Daddy was stressed. They’d even get up, make their own breakfasts & bring me buttered toast for breakfast while David would shower.
Plus they’d randomly hug me and tell me that they hope I feel better.
Even Owen would get in on it, mostly to just copy them but he’d try to help bring me pillows only to make me laugh by trying to bring me all 8 pillows when I’d only need/want one.
And friends. I’m so thankful for those that texted me or messaged me in some way just to ask how I was doing. Oh and my friend, Jenn who came over one day with her three babies to keep me and my three entertained while David got out of the house to regain some sanity & get a quick break. She’s fantastic. I sat around while she helped the kids dry off from the pool, fed em snacks, helped em change, dealt with Bo after he escaped the confinement of our bedroom and broke up grumpy kid arguments.
4. A tumbler and a pitcher. Both filled with water sitting on a table next to you. The pitcher made it easy for you (or kids) to refill without having to get up or without having your caretaker get up a million times.
5. Tylenol. You will run out of the prescription pain pills quickly and you’ll still be battered & bruised up pretty good.
6. Pads Ladies, you will probably start your period while recovering. The very last thing you will want to do (aside from healing while dealing with cramps/bloating and all the loveliness that comes with your period) is use a tampon. I’m not kidding, you will be very swollen and very sore in that area and you’ll want a pad. In all seriousness, I’ve never been more grateful for a pad. Also, I didn’t wear underwear for the first week after my tummy tuck. I didn’t want them to rub my incision the wrong way or to rub the tape off & it to peel scabs. Plus, when I needed to get up to use the bathroom, the idea of pulling my pants down, my wrap up, pulling my underwear down to finally get to pee just seemed exhausting. During my healing and my period, I used some high-wasted granny panties (period panties, you know we all have them!) and thankfully by the time Aunt Flo came along, my tape was already off and my scabs were mostly gone.
7. Spanx and a waist wrap. My doctor told me to invest in a pair (or two) of spanx for after the first two weeks of recovery.
They provided me with an elastic wrap. They sent me home wearing it. It apparently helps with swelling and fluid build up. (Your DR will probably provide you with one as well)
8. Light foods and snacks. You won’t want anything high in sodium for the first week. During the 2nd week you’ll feel like eating a bit more normal but you’re stomach won’t be ready! I tried spaghetti on day 3 or 4 & took two bites before I knew it was a mistake. A week later I tried pizza and it was a mistake. Keep it light.
9. Patience. Be patient. Don’t rush it. Rest. Let others help you. Let others do things for you. Be careful, listen to your body. It’s frustrating and so stressful just not being able to do anything for yourself. You’ll get sad, you’ll get mad, you’ll be an emotional mess but just take it day to day.
10. Dry shampoo. In all seriousness, expect your hair to get gross and nasty. My first REAL shower was at the 2 weeks mark. The others, I’d sit on the side of the tub while David ran the water over me and tried to help wash me. Sponge baths are good for the first few days. Oh and even my first real shower was painful. I ended up resting one leg on the side of the tub just to stand long enough to wash shampoo & conditioner out of my hair and still sat down on the side of the tub for a few minutes in between to rest.
Don’t forget – for updated tummy tuck pictures (they’re not all that gross), head over here.
Here’s a clothed one of me standing up as straight as I could at the 2 week mark:
And if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them to the best of my ability.
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